Best bikes of Friday
It’s time to round-up the best bikes of Friday, which isn’t actually a thing, I’ll admit, but it is Friday, and I’m sure someone, somewhere, thinks at least one of these bikes is the best.
Anyway, let’s start with a bit of (upper) class. Take one Dutch custom bike builder and pair them up with one ridiculously posh department store for the filthy rich, and you get this. That’s quite the paint job. For my tastes, it’s more art than something I’d actually ride, but to each their own.
Another bike that owes its uniqueness to the Japanese is the Samurai. A titanium commuter bike, this, to me, is more about the construction process than anything else. The name suggests where the inspiration comes from, but the welding technique and tube shapes are quite something. This bike is all about the details, which are quite impressive (right down to the clean, bolted on shifter). For me it’s a bit bulky looking and I would imagine it’s reasonably heavy, but it certainly looks different if you want that, and I really like the way the tubes curve around each other and the interesting cable routing on the down tube(s).
Moving on, but staying with titanium, we have some custom fatbikes from Moonmen Bikes. They are new to the bike building game (as a company), having made only a handful so far, but they don’t seem to be lacking anything because of it. Again, I love the detail in these reasonably minimal framesets, but the riser bars, seat post collars, and all the rest of the understated parts they make are equally as beautifully designed and crafted, with the Mension system being perhaps the most innovative.
Let’s get a road bike in here, but we might as well stick with the titanium theme. No.22 is another small US manufacturer that is producing a small range of hand crafted titanium bikes. The bike they brought to NAHBS this year was the Reactor, which adds carbon fibre into the frame, and, with a featherweight collection of components, this bike apparently weighs 5.94kg (if you care).
I think I prefer the cleaner Great Divide model, which also happens to be reasonably inexpensive (until you try to bring it into Australia…).
Finally, it’s time for something completely different. And by different, I mean completely horrible. Red Kite Prayer provides the appropriate commentary on the creation, so I’ll just leave you to ponder why, how, and what?!?
There you go. The best bikes of (this) Friday. Except that last one. Pedalphile, comes to mind, but in a far more literal sense than usual.
Header image: source